An intimate deep-dive with Academy-Award winning writer, director and producer Barry Levinson (Diner, Good Morning, Vietnam, Rain Man, Wag the Dog, The Humbling) with a focus on creative process. Learn from one of the Greats, in this reflection and presentation on beloved scenes and little-known facts about his expert filmography. Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) 2014 Master Class is co-presented by Pinewood Studios and the Directors Guild of Canada.
“The studios are not interested in movies about people. There is such a corporate sensibility, they are always looking for a tentpole,” Levinson said. “That’s why TV is becoming so big. “That’s where the stories are, that where the characters are, and that’s where the actors want to go. That’s why we’re seeing this shift taking place. To Netflix, HBO and cable. There’s a radical change about to take place.” The Academy Award winner (for Rain Man) described the on-off process of making The Humbling on a $2 million budget over a period of many months and with some scenes shot in his home. But he does not seem ready to completely give up on theatrical exhibition. After seeing Gerwig go “toe-to-toe” with Pacino, Levinson said, “It was a great, great moment for us last night.” —Toronto: Barry Levinson Hails Disruptive Digital Revolution
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